DRESDEN – A meeting planned tonight regarding the Richmond-Dresden bridge has been postponed, because the meeting site is the emergency staging area for the search for a missing 12-year-old boy.

The state Department of Transportation meeting was to take place at Pownalborough Hall, which is attached to the Dresden fire station.

However the fire station is being used by volunteers and public safety officials searching for Micah Thomas, 12, who hasn’t been seen since getting off the school bus Wednesday afternoon.

The DOT plans to replace the Richmond-Dresden bridge with a new, $25 million bridge just upstream, which construction expected to begin in 2013.

The public meeting to provide information and take input on the bridge replacement project will take place at a future, undetermined date, according to DOT officials.